Sometimes you just need a pentagon of paper and it is not a shape that you generally have lying around. So, you need to make an origami pentagon. The most common use for these is the 5 pointed star that gets used for lots of craft ideas. It is particularly associated with Christmas decorations
Firstly there is a video showing you how to do it but I have also included a step by step set of instructions with photos. You choose the best one to follow (or perhaps both!).
You will need:
A square of paper
Step by Step Instructions
Fold your square of paper in half. Make sure you have a firm crease for all your folds.
Now take the bottom left hand corner and fold it up to the top edge (the open edge). Crease it firmly.
Open the fold out again.
Now take the top left hand corner and fold it down to the bottom (folded) edge of the paper.
Open that fold out again.
Take the bottom right hand corner and fold it up so that the corner reaches the cross in the middle of the folds as shown.
Fold that same point back onto the paper that you just folded matching up the edges.
Now take the bottom left hand corner of the paper and fold it up so that the ‘bottom’ of the paper lines up with the folded section perfectly.
Turn over the paper.
Fold the paper so that the two edges match up perfectly.
Now you need to cut through all the paper layers along the edge of paper at the front of the paper. It is the one shown by the scissors below.
This is what you are left with.
Finally open up your paper and you will have a perfect pentagon.
Well done! Now you can use your pentagon for whatever you like. How about a five pointed star for your folded book Christmas tree or a garland?
Let me know in the comments below how you got on and if you prefer the video or written instructions. I would love to know.
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